Frequently Asked Questions

CPEI is currently accredited by the International Accreditor for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

Complete the application form or visit one of the CPE Centers for their application forms. CPEI CPE Centers can be located on our website under the “CPE Centers” tab.

An individual with a high school diploma is eligible to participate.  However, credentialing/certification may have additional educational

Students are involved in weekly meetings with their CPE Supervisor(s) and peer group.  The amount of time varies, but one can count
on approximately 3-5 hours per week.  In addition, students can complete online educational modules and fulfill their ministry in
an approved internship site.

The number of courses/units depends on you and your personal and professional goals.  Typically, individuals that desire to enter
chaplaincy as a vocation will be required to complete four (4) courses/units.

CPEI Credentialing Requirements:

  • Certificate in Chaplaincy: 1 course/unit of CPE
  • Board Certified Associate Chaplain (BCAC): Faith group endorsement, bachelor’s degree and 4 Courses/Units of CPE or a Masters degree and two courses/units of CPE and submission of an application and the required narratives.
  • Board Certified Chaplain (BCC): Faith group endorsement, a Masters degree with a theological focus, and four courses/units of CPE and submission of an application and the required narratives.

CPE Internships can be completed in a variety of locations which includes but are not limited to churches, hospitals, hospices, law enforcement, fire departments, nursing homes, corporate settings, etc.

CPEI has available a document to assist you and a potential internship site. It is available on our website under Education. 

The length varies, but most course/units can be completed in 15-16 weeks.

Supervisory Education

  • Four CPE Courses/Units (CPE 100-400 or equivalent), a Masters degree with a focus in theology or equivalent 
  • If seeking an equivalency you would need to complete the CPE Education Equivalency Form
  • Interview with a CPE Training Supervisor
  • Complete the Supervisory Application 

CPEI believes that supervisory education is an essential part of one’s personal and professional development and is focused on making our supervisory education program achievable in a time-limited manner.

There are four courses: Supervisory Education Courses (SEC 600, 700, 800, 900). 

Upon completion of SEC 600-900, the supervisory candidate will have observed and practiced supervision as well as the completion of their Pastoral Model of Supervision.

  • Upon completion of the Pastoral Model of Supervision the Supervisory Candidate will submit the application
  • One’s Pastoral Model of Supervision will be read and approved with no revisions, minor or major revisions and awarded CPE Associate Supervisor status

A CPE Associate Supervisor has completed their Pastoral Model of Supervision and has 6 months to 1 year to conduct a solo course/unit of CPE and submit the required documents for a review by the Supervisory Committee.

  • Abide by CPEI Code of Professional Ethics
  • Complete a minimum of 1.5 IACET CEUs (15 Contact Hours) Annually with at least some of the hours related to the topic of supervision
  • Complete the annual CPEI Policies and Process Exam
  • Complete the annual Supervisor Evaluation
  • Remain active in a CPEI Supervisory Connections Group or equivalency


The Credentialing Committee meets during the months of:

  • February
  • May
  • August
  • November

Applications and required materials must be submitted at least 60 days prior.

Credentialed/Certified Chaplains must:

  • Abide by CPEI Code of Professional Ethics.
  • Complete a minimum of 1.0 IACET CEUs (10 Contact Hours) Annually.
  • Remain active in a CPEI Connections Group.


CPE Supervisor/Training Supervisor:

  • Abide by CPEI Code of Professional Ethics.
  • Complete a minimum of 1.5 IACET CEUs (15 Contact Hours) Annually with at least some of the hours related to the topic of supervision.
  • Complete the annual CPEI Policies and Process Exam.
  • Complete the annual Supervisor Evaluation.
  • Remain active in a CPEI Supervisory Connections Group or equivalent group.

CPE Centers

  • The first step is to complete the CPEI Center Approval Application online 
  • Upon approval of the application, you will be contacted regarding additional information required

CPEI CPE Centers can be established in a variety of settings, hospitals, hospice, corporate setting, law enforcement, community, etc.

CPE Tuition

  • $899 per course/unit for Virtual/Distance Learning 
  • Payment Plans Available (1 Payment, 2 Payments* or 4 Payments*)
    *Each have a small fee added.